Upcoming Event: Brooklyn Book Festival

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Sunday, September 18 (10am-6pm, rain or shine), FREE

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.

AUTHORS INCLUDE Margaret Atwood, Margo Jefferson, Faith Erin Hicks, Russell Banks, Phoebe Gloeckner, Chester Brown, Salman Rushdie, Libba Bray, Stephanie Danler, Gayle Forman, Pete Hamill, Jacqueline Woodson, Angela Flournoy, Helen Garner, Karin Slaughter, Bruce Schneier, Rebecca Traister, Marjorie Liu, Sayed Kashua, Esmeralda Santiago, Thomas Frank, Ralph Nader, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Yusef Komunyakaa, Joyce Carol Oates, A.O. Scott, Hua Hsu, Rob Sheffield, Yoss, Jessica Valenti, Cecily von Ziegesar, Ocean Vuong, Ed Yong and hundreds more.

authors     Margaret Atwood                 Joyce Carol Oates           Yusef Komunyakaa

The Brooklyn Book Festival will also have several “Bookend” events leading up to the festival starting today including:

  • After Adderall, a movie about what happens when James Franco makes a movie about you. Directed by Stephen Elliott, featuring Nick Flynn, Marie Howe, Jerry Stahl, Susan Orlean and Michael C. Hall at Videology Cinema Bar (Brooklyn). The Opening Night Party will be at Bell House (Brooklyn). See the New York premiere of Monday, September 12
  • R.L. Stine reads from his newest book  Young Scrooge: A Very Scary Christmas Story, followed by a book-signing at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Tuesday, September 13
  • Greenlight Books and the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses host the Seventh Annual Brooklyn Indie Party to celebrate the literary independence of the borough and its Festival Friday, September 16
  • Children’s Day: Literary Celebration for Families and Children
    Saturday September 17th (10am-4pm, rain or shine)

To see a full list of “bookend” events for the Brooklyn Book Festival Click Here
Also to see the Brooklyn Book Festival homepage  Click Here

Brooklyn Book Festival
For those of you who would like to gain some volunteer experience at the Brooklyn Book Festival,  the Women’s National Book Association-NYC (WNBA  http://www.wnba-nyc.org/) is looking for volunteers.
If you are interested in volunteering, please email  Professor Denning at jdenning@pace.edu for details.

Events June 24-26

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Berg’n Beer Hall

Ina Yalof presents Food and the City: New York’s Professional Chefs, Restaurateurs, Line Cooks, Street Vendors, and Purveyors Talk About What They Do and Why They Do It
In conversation with Charlie Sahadi and Wilson Tang
Drink discounts with book purchase!
Friday June 24, 2016 7:00 PM

Barnes & Noble Locations

Join us for an event that is sure to conjure a magical experience for the most modest Muggles and wisest Wizards! Customers can enter the Harry Potter Limited Edition Cover Print Sweepstakes, and activities include a coloring station (send an exclusive Owl Post Postcard), trivia, and the opportunity to participate in the assembly of a Wrebbit 3D Hogwarts Astronomy Tower, an 875-piece 3D puzzle.

Special Instructions
The Barnes & Noble Café will be offering special Harry Potter themed treats. Ask a bookseller for complete details and Official Rules regarding the Sweepstakes. Giveaways available while supplies last.

Sunday, June 26th, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Wonder Bookstore

Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 11.19.03 AMGet ready for an afternoon of Fantastic Teen Reads as three talented authors present their latest fantastic tales for teen readers. JULIE ESHBAUGH, HEIDI HEILIG, and ELEANOR HERMAN will be here starting at 4pm to share their latest novels — you won’t want to miss a page!

JULIE ESHBAUGH for Ivory and Bone 
HEIDI HEILIG for The Girl From Everywhere
ELEANOR HERMAN for Empire of Dust

JAMES FRANCO SIGNS STRAIGHT JAMES / GAY JAMES

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June 26: 12:00PM – 3:00PM
Stand Bookstore

James Franco returns to Strand to sign Straight James / Gay James, his latest genre-bending chapbook, featuring poetry that investigates the fluid divide between public and private, real and constructed. Drawing its title from an interview of “Gay James” as conducted by “Straight James,” it breaks down the many personas of James Franco as only the man himself could. Don’t miss the chance to get your copy signed and meet the author!

Please note: James will also sign other books, but no memorabilia/posters/photographs/fan art/etc will be signedPhotos are permitted when taken by a Strand staff member.

Please note: payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout.

Around Town: October 29-November 5

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October 29-November 15  Superheroes in Gotham

New York Historical Societysuperman
170 Central Park W.
New York, NY  10024
212-485-9205

Time: 10:00 am

Cost:
Adult Ticket: $20
College Student: $12

Heroes are all around us: Daredevil prowls Hell’s Kitchen, Harley Quinn calls Coney Island home, and the new Doctor Fate guards Brooklyn. The proliferation of local heroes is a function of the adage “write what you know”: Until DC Comics’ L.A. move this spring, both major superhero publishers operated out of Manhattan. The exhibition “Superheroes in Gotham” follows the genre’s inception in the Thirties through the modern explosion of fandom, with artifacts from radio, television, film, and comics on display. It’s like the Batcave trophy room, but less musty.

Learn more and purchase your tickers here.

November 2nd- Pass the Mic: Garth Risk Hallberg 

Fridman Gallery
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New York, NY 10013

Time: 7:00 pm

Cost: Free!

Garth Risk Hallberg’s City on Fire — a 900-plus-page debut novel set in New York City during the 1970s — caused quite a stir in 2013, when the famous movie producer Scott Rudin scooped up the film rights and Knopf, as reported in the New York Times, “[paid] close to $2 million” for publishing privileges. The book is now finally hitting shelves, allowing hungry readers to delve into its mysterious plot, which circles around a parade of characters and their connection to a New Year’s Eve shooting in Central Park. Hopefully, too, we’ll start learning a little bit more about the 36-year-old, Louisiana-born man behind the work — and there’s no better place to start than with this Pass the Mic author event with Mic‘s Scott Bixby.

November 2nd- Ada Calhoun: St.Marks Is Dead

Cooper Union, Great Hall
7 E. 7th St.
New York, NY 10003ada_calhoun_glasses

Time: 6:00 pm

Cost: Free!

Jay Ruttenberg’s cover story for the Voice‘s October 28, 2015, issue profiles the East Village native Ada Calhoun, author of the new book St. Marks Is Dead. “In examining the street’s three blocks,” writes Ruttenberg, “St. Marks Is Deadpans out to survey the East Village and, effectively, American iconoclasm.” At one point in the piece, Ruttenberg draws a witty and somehow moving parallel between two moments that occurred near the Cooper Union Great Hall: Abraham Lincoln’s 1860 declaration (“Let us have faith that right makes might”) and a minor street fight in 2015 (“Get off the fucking stoop!”). Tonight, Calhoun discusses the book at that very spot.

November 3rd- David Mitchell: Slade House

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1395 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10128

Time: 8:00 pm

Cost: $25

Who says 140 characters isn’t enough to create something meaningful? For sci-fi superstar David Mitchell, it was only the beginning. Slade House, his latest and maybe most accessible novel, started as a Twitter story and morphed into 256 pages of what Mitchell does best: freewheeling time travel (e.g., Cloud Atlas) and paranormal horror (e.g., The Bone Clocks) all rolled into one genre-bending tale. The title refers to a dubious, only sometimes corporeal British residence — think a really evil Platform 9 3/4 — that appears every nine years to beckon an individual who is different or lonely. Its creepy-twin custodians maintain the house, from which visitors learn they can never leave. Tonight, David Ebershoff (The Danish Girl) introduces Mitchell, reading from the decades-spanning work.

November 4th-Mary Gaitskill’s THE MARE, presented by Electric Literature

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street New York, NY 10012

Time:  7:00 pm

Cost: Free

Mary Gaitskill 
launches her newest novel The Mare with a reading, a conversation with Andy Hunter (Electric Literature), and a musical performance by Peg Simone.

Following her National Book Award-nominated Veronica, here is Mary Gaitskill’s most poignant and powerful work yet—the story of a Dominican girl, the Anglo woman who introduces her to riding, and the horse who changes everything for her.

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November 5th- James Franco

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828 Broadway at 12th Street 

Time: 7:30 pm-9:30 pm

Cost: A copy of Magic Mountain/Home Movies

Part poetry, part photography, part collage, Magic Mountain/Home Movies is all James Franco. Containing new work as well as reworked elements of his RISD thesis in visual art, it’s an unclassifiable post-modernist workout that takes fame and photography (specifically of the paparazzi variety) among its subjects. James will be at the Strand once again to sign copies of the work and meet his fans.

Buy a copy of Magic Mountain/Home Movies to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. This event will be held on Strand’s main floor at 828 Broadway. The line for the signing will form beginning at 5:30 PM on the day of the event in front of Strand on Broadway.

 

 

 

Around Town: New lit from Europe Festival, James Franco, Fêtes, and Joyce C. Oates

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New Literature from Europe Festival

Saturday, December 6th @ 2:00pm-7:30 (three panel discussions)
Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022
The New Literature from Europe Festival returns to Manhattan this December 5 & 6 for its 11th year, bringing with it nine of Europe’s most acclaimed and exciting authors. Over two days, Crossing Borders: Europe Through the Lens of Time explores an ever-changing continent from the perspective of some of Europe’s most exciting literary voices.

Whet your appetite on Friday December 5, for the literary feast to come, with readings from each of the authors in their native language:

Julia Deck (France)
János Háy (Hungary)
Hanna Krall (Poland)
Nicol Ljubić (Germany)
Davide Longo (Italy)
Magdaléna Platzová (Czech Republic)
Susanne Scholl (Austria)
Georgi Tenev (Bulgaria)
Lucian Dan Teodorovici’s (Romania)

This opening evening of readings is introduced by one of America’s premier publishers of literature in translation, New Directions Publishing President, Barbara Epler.

Saturday, December 6th, delves deeper into each of the visiting writers’ work with a series of themed panel discussions moderated by US-based award winning authors dedicated to the promotion of international literature.

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Click Here for more festival information.

 

UnknownFirst Novel Fête

Monday, December 8th @ 6:30pm
The Center for Fiction, 17 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017

Join us for the Fifth Annual First Novel Fete on Monday, December 8. There will be drinks, mingling, and readings from the finalists for this year’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. All the proceeds go to support our Books for NYC Schools/KidsRead program!

 

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Monday, December 8 @ 6:30-8:30pm
The Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway (& 12TH STREET), New York, NY 10003

James Franco visits Strand for an exclusive signing of his book, Hollywood Dreaming, a story-picture-poem mashup that blurs lines of reality and fiction in a compelling coming-of-age tale. Buy a copy of Hollywood Dreaming at Strand in order to join the signing line!

 To Attend:  Purchase a copy of the featured event book, Hollywood Dreaming, in-store at Strand in order to join the signing line outside the store, which will form at 4:30pm. Strand is located at 828 Broadway, New York. Please note that proof of purchase (Strand receipt) is required to attend the signing line.

Joyce Carol Oates in the Robert B. Silvers Annual Lecture

Friday, December 12th @ 7pm
The New York Public Library, 5th Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018

The prolific and profound author of innumerable novels, plays, and poems, Joyce Carol Oates delivers this year’s Robert B. Silvers lecture, titled “Is The Uninspired Life Worth Living?”

There is no more versatile and accomplished American writer than JOYCE CAROL OATES. The author of many books, Oates has penned best-selling novels, critically acclaimed collections of short fiction, as well as essays, plays, poetry, a recent memoir, and an unlikely bestseller, On Boxing. Her remarkable literary industry – which includes work as an editor and anthologist – spans forms, themes, topics and genres. In 2010, reflecting on the widespread esteem in which her work is held, President Obama awarded Oates the National Humanities Medal.

The Robert B. Silvers Lecture is an annual series created by Max Palevsky in recognition of the work of Robert B. Silvers, editor of the New York Review of Books.

To Attend: $25 General Admission, $15 FRIENDS, Seniors and Students with valid ID – Become a FRIEND for a $10 discount on every ticket for LIVE (Click here to buy tickets).

 

 

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

October 13, 2013

James Franco

While James Franco’s writing has spanned the poetic form, autobiography, essay, and short stories, October’s release of Actors Anonymous marks his debut as a novelist. Called “..Electrifying” by Amy Hempel and “provocatively honest” by Gary Shteyngart, Actors Anonymous is a powerful first novel modeled loosely on the twelve traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous; it explores in great scope the societal implications behind what happens when our public personas overtake our private ones. Join us in the Strand’s fifth floor loft for a special meet-and-greet to celebrate the release of Actors Anonymous.

  • James will ONLY be signing copies of Actors Anonymous. No other books or memorabilia, please.
  • There will be no posing for photos with James, though cameras are okay to have in the event space.
  • James will personalize books with guests’ names.
  • Please, no gifts.
  • Due to time constraints, one book per customer will be signed.

@ The Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway, 8:00 p.m.

October 16, 2013

Christopher Rice

Join Christopher Rice as he introduces his new novel The Heavens Rise. @ Union Square Barnes and Noble, 33 East 17th Street, 7:00 p.m.

Anne Rice

Also join Anne Rice as she introduces her new novel in The Wolf Gift Chronicles, The Wolves of Midwinter. @ Union Square Barnes and Noble, 33 East 17th Street, 7:00 p.m.

Barry Gifford

Barry Gifford is interviewed by NYC based author Beverly Gologorsky about his long career as a poet, author, and screenwriter, and the inspiration behind his character Roy, who has appeared in several of Gifford’s story collections. @ Barnes and Noble 150 East 86th Street, 7:00 p.m.

October 17, 2013

Edgar Allen Poe

Poet Robert Pinsky reads from select works of Edgar Allen Poe in conjunction with the Morgan Library’s Edgar Allen Poe: Terror of the Soul exhibit. @ Morgan Library and Museum, 225 Madison Ave, 6:30 p.m.

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

August 5, 2013
Paranoia @ the Apple Store

At the Soho Apple Store (103 Prince Street, Manhattan) director Robert Luketic and actor Liam Hemsworth will be promoting their new film Paranoia, a high-stakes tech thriller. This free event starts at 6:00 pm.

August 6, 2013
Jeff Guinn on the Life of Charles Manson

The Strand (828 Broadway, Manhattan) will be hosting bestselling author Jeff Guinn as he talks about his latest book Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson. One must purchase the book or a $15.00 gift card to the Strand in order to attend. This event starts at 7:00 pm.

August 8, 2013
Soothing the Psyche When the Shrinks Are Away

Writing Professor Susan Shapiro will be hosting the 8th annual reading of her students’ work at McNally Jackson Booksellers (25 Prince Street, Manhattan) beginning at 7:00pm. The theme of the event is psychological health, and how to deal with life when your shrink is on vacation.

Keep this Bag Away from Children

Housing Works Café (126 Crosby Street) is hosting a release party for the literary magazine Keep this Bag Away from Children, featuring readings and conversation from some of New York’s budding writers. This event starts at 7:00 and is free.

August 9, 2013
James Franco and Frank Bidart

Actor James Franco’s latest book A California Childhood plays with the concept of memoir and expression. Poet Frank Bidart will join him in conversation at the Strand from 7:00-8:00 pm as they discuss memoir and poetry. In order to attend you must buy California Childhood or a $25 gift card to the Strand (828 Broadway, Manhattan).